Thanks to my loyal follower Terry C from South Korea, I have discovered a new blog from Finland, called INNER-AUDIO, run by Kari Nevalainen, a weel-rounded man who lives currently in Finland, but had extensive stays in Geneva and Hong-Kong, two good places to learn about high-end/esoteric hifi!! You can learn more about him here: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/kari/kari.html , which means he also writes for 6moons.
He listens to Ocelia type speakers using French Phy full range drivers, another good reference in my view.
This blog has already about 30+ articles on Vintage gear, including this one on Elipson, with a BIG claim about the influence of Joseph Leon's contraptions on the rest of us mere cloners of a speaker designer!
If you are a long term reader of this space, you will know that I totally agree with that claim, and I am almost certain that these speakers are still to be bettered for their OVERALL performance and respect of the music.
My first encounter with Elipson in the very early 70s started my journey on hifi excellence and speaker design and they are still my inspiration today almost half a century later. Time and phase alignment, cabinet resonances and size, are still the principles that guides me in any new design.
My sister and I bought a 1219 Dual turntable, but we could not afford the rest of the catalogue, so that's when I built my first speakers - full range 17cm from Audax in a DIY enclosure filled up with an old bedcover Mum gave me, valve amplifier kit bought from Cibot Radio, and DIY transistor preamp. The temperature in my room was always a few degrees more than the rest of the house as a result: cosy to listen to the Beatles WHITE album!
My sister has since acquired a Dual CT-1440 tuner
BRAUN was another brand also on my radar at the time, although I couldn't afford it then, and has probably gone too iconic today to be affordable now. As proof, this CSV-1000 found at Hifi Vintage Christian Grados in Paris is for sale for 1200 euros!
It has been said that Braun aesthetics were an big inspiration for John Ive, the chief designer at Apple, and yes I am a fan, as we are a complete Apple household from a 27" iMac - the one I am using right now, to a number of Macbook Air, iPhones and iPads...we are completely addicted!
And I just received my numbered - 530 - copy today!
It is a beautiful book and I did what we all do, look at the pictures first and read a few articles, before digging deeper into the thick of it!
Only Focal made it to the book in terms of French manufacturers, with a very good interview of Jacques Mahul.
Cabasse is briefly mentioned in the "Oddities and Wonders" section! No trace of Elipson or Charlin, brands that were never exported to the USA and obviously of no or little interest to our American colleagues...
The book focuses mainly on famous American and British brands and is well structured, with many timelines and good stories, some unknown to me, like the fact that Lansing committed suicide over the threat of bankruptcy!
Beautiful photos and archival documents are smartly presented in a dynamic and clean format. I have started reading a few interviews of some of the still alive and famous designers and can't wait to go through all of them!
I will keep you posted on any other anecdote or piece of trivia that I will find interesting over the coming weeks.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.